September 17 2014 Latest news:
Molly Kersey, Reporter
Monday, March 24, 2014
An Upminster reverend has been licensed and installed as a Priest in a service attended by over 100 people.
Revd Michael Sparrow became priest in charge of St Mary Magdalene, North Ockendon, Upminster, earlier this year.
He was licensed by the Bishop of Barking David Hawkin and Archdeacon of Barking Dr John Perumbalath.
The mayor of Havering Cllr Eric Munday and mayoress Mrs Peggy Munday attended his installation, along with a large number of local clergy members.
Michael had applied for the vacancy of priest in charge, house for duty, at St Mary Magdalene in April 2013, with no wish to retire from active life in the church and community.
Prior to this he had been appointed by “The mission to seafarers” as port chaplain in Mombasa, Kenya, where he worked until he reached the retirement age of 65 in November 2012.
Whilst in Mombasa Michael was very involved in helping victims of Somali maritime piracy, campaigning to draw attention to the need for international political action regarding the issue. He also campaigned for naval protection for those at sea.
He was first ordained as deacon in Oxford in 1975 and ordained priest there in 1976.